At Sale and Davys Playgroup our aim is to encourage happy, contented, confident children who feel safe and secure in their surroundings to learn skills for life in a fun way!
The Playgroup began more than thirty years ago with a few children meeting in a private home. As the number of children grew it moved into the School Hall at Sale and Davys School. In 1998 it became a registered charity being run by a volunteer committee of parents for the benefit of the children from the village and surrounding area. Following that, in 2013 we moved into our new premises in the Village Hall. We are so fortunate to have a lovely space here where the children can free flow indoors and outdoors and have plenty of outside play in totally secure surroundings.
Our playgroup is registered for children from the age of two years and is open during term time Monday 9-1 and Tuesday-Friday 9-4pm. You can choose either a morning session 9am - Midday, an optional lunch club Midday - 1pm, or a full day from 9am - 4pm. A team of highly experienced and dedicated staff are led by our Development Manager, Anne Vaughan.
The sessions are planned around the Early Years Foundation Stage,
(the Government Curriculum for pre-school children) and includes free play and guided activities, imaginative and physical play, singing and music and all these activities take place indoors and outdoors in a secure, friendly environment to encourage all to get involved.
Improving early communication, language and literacy development is a key priority for the government. Some of the poorest children in the UK start school months behind their peers and the gap can grow through their school years. Children with poor vocabulary skills at age five may be up to twice as likely to be unemployed in their 30s.
As a result, the Department for Education has launched Hungry Little Minds - a new campaign that encourages parents and carers to adopt positive activities and behaviours to boost children’s communication, language and literacy development.
The three-year campaign, which launches today, aims to help parents understand that they have a massive impact on their child’s learning. Reading, playing and chatting with them are simple things they can do to help them develop, even when they are too young to say much back. Parents can access tips and activities here https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/ and also search for activities in their area using a new postcode finder service.